Number of farms, dairy cows and dairy heifers

Overview of the Canadian dairy industry at the farm level.

Image: Map of Canada with number of dairy farms and cattle as described in the table below
The table below represents the data to produce the graph above
Number of dairy farms, cows and heifers by province in Canada - 2021
Number of Farms with Milk Shipments as of Aug 1 461 488 157 239 3,298 4,548 167 202 154 25 9,739
Number of Dairy Cows as of July1 80,400 85,700 28,400 43,500 324,300 353,400 16,500 21,700 13,300 5,100 972,300
Number of Dairy Heifers as of July 1 36,900 42,800 12,100 19,900 150,900 133,100 6,800 8,900 6,200 2,000 419,600
Source: Statistics Canada and Canadian Dairy Commission
Calculations done by AAFC-AID , Market Information Section

Number farms, dairy cows & heifers

This section houses reports on the Number of farms, dairy cows and heifers in various formats.

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Number of dairy cows and heifers by province (Annual, report D042)
Report displays number of dairy cows or dairy heifers by province for selected number of years on January 1st or July 1st.
Source: Statistics Canada
Number of farms with shipments of milk by province (Annual , report D056)
Report displays number of farms with shipments of milk on August 1st per province for selected number of years.
Source: Canadian Dairy Commission

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